A bone piercing five degree land breeze groomed the three to four-foot lines rolling down the rocky right point of Victoria Bay on Day 1 of the final event of the Quiksilver Takes One To Know One Series.
By mid morning the three to four-foot lines turned into four to five-foot peelers with a slight side shore crumble for the boys to play with.
The first heat of the day looked like a SA Champs final from 1999 with legends David Pfaff and Shane Thorne going wave for wave, gouge for gouge from the outside rock boil all the way to the inside tidal pool. David used his unfair local knowledge to his advantage by picking up those perfect bowlers from the beginning to the end to take out the first heat win of the day.
Shane Thorne carved some huge turns in the opening heat.
The Pro Juniors started off their first round after the Men’s and the usual suspects, Lightfoot, Zakarian, Prestwich and Sykes dropped the big scores and basically used their Junior heats as warm-ups for their Open heats later on in the day.
Beyrick De Vries started the first heat of the Open Men’s second round slowly and gathered momentum to comfortably take the win putting his WQS form to good use. Casey Grant gave everyone the confirmation that he is now fully recovered from his broken leg by dropping a nine on his first ride. Casey’s nine was quickly overshadowed a couple heats later when Dylan Lightfoot dropped a 9.50 and then an 8.50 as a back up.
Dylan Lightfoot ripped Vic Bay’s long walls for one of the day’s highest heat totals.
Dylan’s heat total was then overshadowed the very next heat by Slade Prestwich when he dropped an 8.50 and then a 9.80 on his last wave to lock in the day’s highest heat total. Just when the gathered spectators thought they couldn’t possibly witness another 17-plus heat total, Mikey February went and also scored a nine and an 8.00 in the final heat of the day to finish one of the most exciting days of surfing we have seen in a long time.
Mikey February was in top form on Day 1.
The swell is looking slightly smaller but just as rippable for the final day. And if today’s standard is anything to judge by, then tomorrow will be another day of the boys going mad down the point in some very stacked up heats in both the Pro Junior and the Open Men’s divisions.